Thursday, June 16, 2011

Elle's Baby Quilt FINISHED!

Yesterday I lovingly stitched the finally stitches of Elle's baby quilt. I have to admit I'm a little sad that this project is over but hope that Elle find lots of love in her blanket one day.

The log cabin and square-within-a-square quilt design is totally inspired by a quilt Rita from Red Pepper Quilts created--in fact I even used her pattern (lol--and color scheme). I fell in love with this quilt months and months ago and knew I had to sew it as soon as I found out I was expecting a girl. I don't typically sew from patterns, but halfway through my pregnancy I decided to let someone else do the math for me. Well worth it. If you have a love for quilting, please check out Rita's blog. Her work is simply gorgeous. And what more fun than my sister also making this quilt with me?

This is my second machine-quilted quilt (see here for disappearing nine-patch) and I still have so much to learn about the craft. While my piecing is spot-on, the quilting part needs a bit of work. The nine patch I sewed in straight lines so this time I wrangled the quilt around the machine to sew squares around the boxes. I had lots of problem with tension and the maroon thread popping up onto the top of the quilt; add in a fussy newborn baby and it was the recipe for lots of frustration. I finally managed to finish and just keep telling myself that this quilt is absolutely made with love. The imperfections will most likely only be noticed by me.

So, from start to finish...

















17 different pinks for the top and two more for the backing and binding. Didn't pay attention to the designers of the fabric--all picked up at my local quilt shop, Quilt Asylum. The final dimensions are 60x60--perfect for a playmat or a picnic or a fort or whatever her heart desires.

Now...on to Scott's quilt! All the squares are cut, just need to piece them together. I'm going to try to work up the courage to free motion quilt his. [holding breath in fear].

Lots of Love,




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41 comments:

  1. Oh Trish, the quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I'll definitely buy your quilt should you decide to make them for selling. :)

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  2. I'm so impressed! It is so beautiful! Elle will absolutely cherish it. I love the sweet tag in the corner.

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  3. Oh my Trish! This is absolutely stunning. I am amazed by what you have created. You are just fantastic. Elle has a very clever mummy.

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  4. It's beautiful! I'm sure it will mean a lot to her over the years.

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  5. You did a wonderful job Trish! I especially like the hand-sewn message.

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  6. It turned out fantastic! It's going to be a well-loved, worn treasure when Elle is all grown up. (remember to take pics of it everywhere it goes with her)

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  7. Trish, that last picture made me tear up. I know that every bitty piece of it is filled with love from you to her. She'll understand that one day. Thank you for letting us share this special moment with you. :-)

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  8. This is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I'm with Melody -please can you go into business at some point?

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  9. Oh that is so beautiful! You are the only person who will ever see the flaws, I promise. And 60x 60 is huge.

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  10. Oh Trish, it is absolutely gorgeous and what a wonderful gift for your daughter who will treasure this, I am sure, for her entire life. I don't see ANY mistakes!!! You did a great job on the quilting. Believe me, it gets easier the more you do!

    Love the fabrics you chose...so sweet!

    I also read Rita's blog and love her simple patterns and straight line quilting :)

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  11. Trish, you are so talented! This is almost as gorgeous as Elle.

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  12. That is just beautiful! Elle is going to treasure it when she's old enough to appreciate it :)

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  13. I too love the hand-sewn signature the best! What a lucky baby!

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  14. Your quilt is beautiful! It turned out SSOOO wonderfully! I'm sure sweet little Elle will love it and treasure it as she grows up. I especially love the little note you stitched onto it. :)

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  15. Absolutely incredible. the love shines through.

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  16. Yayyy congratulations! I enjoyed hanging with you while you worked on it, and look forward to seeing how Scotty's comes together!

    Love you, miss you, kiss that baby for me!!!

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  17. I am beyond impressed:-) I'm not much of a crafter, but I adore quilts. It's so special you were able to make it for her too!

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  18. This is beautiful!! I tried quilting...with a log cabin design, but was horrible at it...sewing is apparently not my thing. I envy your skills!!

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  19. So beautiful! Way to go Tri, so amazing. I can't even imagine all the work.
    I expected one of the photos towards the end to include Elle enjoying her blanky. :)

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  20. That's so gorgeous. I'm sure she'll treasure it.

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  21. That turned out beautifully! I'm very impressed and I'm sure she'll treasure it for years to come :)

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  22. Wow! I'm having sewing cravings now...

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  23. Oh wow, this is just amazing Trish! Beautifully done, in beautiful tones, Elle is so lucky! And the little tag, what a sweet addition.
    I have been wanting to learn to sew just so that I can make quilts for so, so long... I envy and admire your skill.

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  24. Stunning, Trish! Really, really beautiful. What an amazing skill you have.

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous! Yay for your talent and creation of such a precious gift. I'm sure that your daughter will cherish it!

    My mom made me a quilt with photos of my entire life sewn on (somehow?) for my high school graduation, and I'm really looking forward to displaying it someday!

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  26. It looks great! And, it only took us about 5 months to do! I should get you working on scrapbook stuff with me because I think that we did a great job of keeping each other motivated to get it done. Good luck with the free motion. I am sure that it will look great. And if not, it's Scott's quilt!!!

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  27. It's so beautiful! And the little note from you to her on the tag is so sweet. :)

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  28. It's just beautiful. I love all the photos you took of it. She will love it always!

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  29. oh how organised are you, your like some kind of supermum.

    I did make my sone a quilt which I never bothered backing and hes now 2!

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  30. Ooh, that is gorgeous! I love quilt designs based on concentric squares. My mom is making me one right now...albeit very slowly. What a cool thing for Elle to grow up with :-)

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  31. Trish, the quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure it will be something that Elle treasures her whole life!

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  32. Oh my goodness!!!!! How did I miss that your baby came!! Sometimes I get so behind in reading blogs. Looks like I'm going to go back and find baby pictures! Congratulations!!! And the quilt looks so snuggly and perfect. my kids treasure the baby quilts I made them, but my third kid didn't get his until he was two -- by that time, I was just too busy to finish it in time for his birth :-).

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  33. Beautiful! I feel the love and warmth that was sewn into it. Oh my it's just gorgeous :)

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  34. So pretty! Love all the fabrics. And the quilting, too. I like straight lines & think the squares are perfect.

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  35. Beatiful quilt! I started one years ago and there are still pieces and parts everywhere!

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  36. Absolutely lovely, Trish! You should be so proud and I know that Elle will love it forever :)

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  37. I am so jealous! I wish I had the time to sit down and figure out how to quilt. I would love a homemade quilt of my own to snuggle up with on a cold winter day with a cup of coffee and a great book or movie. Sounds so lovely. It really turned out beautiful. You should be really proud and I know Elle will love and treasure it forever!

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  38. Wow - I love your quilt! Its beautiful! and so is the cute little one on it!

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  39. Just beautiful. One of the loveliest quilts I've ever seen and I just adore the stitched dedication and signature from you to Elle.

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  40. How did I ever miss this beautiful item of love. So precious and gorgeous Trish.

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